Training Program

Professional Fall Safety Training

The Training Program

Following a review of fall and incident scenarios, several typical scenario types that horse riders may encounter have been identified. The training program is designed to prepare for these scenario types. It is conducted mostly outdoors on grass with equipment such as spring boards, vaulting boxes, foam shapes, crash mats, landing mats and tumbling mats.

Who is the program suitable for? 

 Jockeys and Apprentice Jockeys
 Trackwork Riders and Stable Hands
 Equestrian Riders (all disciplines)
 Recreation Riders and Trail Riders
Ages 8 to 12 - Junior Course
Age 13 to 17 - Youth Course
Age 18 + Adult Course
The fall training program is suitable for anyone who is participating in a horse riding activity and also as a preparation for future horse riding activity. 

Participant numbers are limited to a maximum of 15 participants per course to ensure that individual feedback can be given and individual progression rates are catered for. 


1) Fall Safety Coach ready for Action!               2) Mobile Gym                                                         3) Vaulting set-up & Spotting platform
1) Straddle Vault                                                    2) Correct Feet First Landing Position               3) Preparation for Landing at Speed

VIDEO - About Fall Safety Training

What you will learn (10 Training sessions x 2 hours) 

Landing skills – coming down safely from a height, progressing from soft to harder landing surfaces.
Tumbling skills – tuck and roll forwards, backwards and sideways
Brace position – spontaneously respond to a fall incident to help protect your head and neck where time is of the essence
Physical conditioning – strengthen your arms, upper body, abdominal and hip flexor muscles when landing and rolling at speed
Breaking your fall – how to dive roll if coming down head first
Pre-ride safety routine a brief warm-up routine to do before each ride for retention of skill learning and muscle memory
1) Practicing the Correct Dive Roll Technique      2) Flying through the air! Height = 2.5 m            3) Landing on a Crashmat
Note hand position for protection from wrist, elbow and shoulder injury.
1) Progression to harder landing mat                  2) Dive Roll onto grass with no landing mat        3) Safe Landing on grass surface

Training Principles

Health & Safety 
Health and Safety will always be the main priority. Each session will commence with warm-up & flexibility activities and also conditioning exercises to improve muscle conditioning. Individuals will be encouraged to progress to higher skill levels based upon their physical capability and also their mastery of the basic tumbling skills.
Gradual Progression 
No prior experience (or pre-requisite skill level) is necessary and participants will enjoy the fact that lessons progress to higher skill levels over the course of the program. Individuals learn at different rates based upon a variety of factors such as: their physical conditioning level, co-ordination, learning style and confidence. Lifestyle or occupational factors may also affect recovery times after each training session.
Gymnastics is a sport that requires good aesthetics (eg. point your toes!) as well as good technical execution of skills. However the Horse Rider Fall Safety Program is not concerned with the aesthetics of gymnastics. The conditioning, landing and tumbling skills that are taught in this program are tailored to maximise safety in various scenarios specifically related to horse riding. This is not an "off the shelf gymnastics training program" but a specialised program designed for the primary purpose of . . . protecting the horse rider from injury when dismounting, falling or being thrown from a horse.
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